Bolton brought in 11 players on free transfers in the summer, a strategy which has minimal financial risk but one which is evidently hit and miss on the football field.
Among those brought in was Francesco Pisano with the Italian right-back falling into the latter - featuring three times in the Championship thus far and accumulating just 143 minutes of action.
A January exit looks likely for the 29-year-old, and reports in Italy suggest a return to his homeland could be on the cards with Ascoli and Atalanta both eyeing a potential deal.
“Ascoli and now Atalanta is added to the category of teams interested in Francesco Pisano. As collected by Tuttomercatoweb, Atalanta will test the waters with Bolton in the weeks to come,” the report reads.
Pisano, a former Italy U21 international, played for Cagliari for 11 years before leaving for the Macron Stadium on a free transfer during the summer.
He was a regular for Cagliari and has plenty of Serie A experience, however he simply hasn’t settled at Bolton and a lack of first-team opportunities could see him leave in January.
Neil Lennon’s side need a drastic upturn in fortunes in order to preserve their Championship status, yet their dire financial situation ultimately makes their task all the more difficult.